Photo: Annicka Lundin
The theme for the Sustainable Seas seminar 2012 was environmental toxins and littering in th Baltic Sea. Summary in English avaliable below.
Lena Ek, Minister for the Environment, opened the seminar. The seminary was documented by SVT (Swedish Television) and can be seen on SVT Forum (in Swedish).
Summary of the seminar "Baltic Sea - who cares..." with initiative Sustainable Seas 2012
The seminar "Baltic Sea - who cares ..." was held on Wednesday, August 29 in the sunshine on Kastellholmen and in the presence of our godmother Crown Princess Victoria. The seminar is one of the highlights of the initiative Sustainable Seas. This year we had the pleasure of having Bjorn Risinger, Director General of Marine and Water Authority as moderator.
Environment Minister Lena Ek´s keynote speech stressed, in particular the importance of the work brig Tre Kronor is doing to spread the message about the situation in the Baltic Sea.
Chemicals in our everyday lives and toxins in the Baltic Sea
A third block from the Department of Applied Environmental Science at Stockholm University, ITM consisting of Magnus Breitholtz, Rudén and Britta Eklund vividly described the problems of chemicals in our daily lives and toxins in the marine environment. From an entrained bag Magnus and Christina picked up various bottles and cans and informed about their delicate contents. There were, among other things, a bottle of white spirit and some unassuming jars with facial creams. They stressed that we listeners should not be ashamed because these things had been taken from their own bathroom and kitchen cabinets.
One of the things the audience, nearly two hundred people, was to learn was that there are 143,000 environmental toxins/chemicals registered in the EU and that only a hundred of them have been examined from an environmental perspective
The two researchers also gave practical advice and tips on how consumers can avoid burdening the environment further.
Toxic pollutants in the marine environment
Britta Eklund focused on environmental toxins in the marine environment and and stressed above all the danger of toxic antifouling paints used on boats which still, twenty years after the ban on them, cause both health and environmental problems
Industry's role in environmental work
Under the heading “Sustainability in Business”, Malin Frenning from TeliaSonera described a picture of how a major global corporation can reduce its environmental impact by using technological achievements and actively working for sustainability.
Open Ship, exhibitions and video from trash diving
In brilliant sunshine, we invited guests to an activity lunch where they could choose between watching a film in the lounge of the Brig about debris diving or just enjoying the “open ship”, go for a walk in the environmental exhibition “Baltic – who cares ...” and of course eating lunch on the quay and mingling with other Baltic Sea Friends.
Litter in the Baltic Sea
When all the lunch activities subsided, Anna Linusson, President of Keep Sweden Tidy, took the floor and gave a picture of the debris situation in the Baltic Sea as they had experienced in on the junk dives ....
On one dive of just one hour, divers picked up eight sewer pipes, two shopping carts, an iron, a typewriter, several car batteries and tires, miscellaneous tools and pots, acoffee pot, etc.. These things had obviously not fallen into the sea, but had been dumped.
Latest news from WWF
Inger Näslund from the WWF reported on the WWF seminar which had been held just the day before: "Counter Currents - scenarios for the Baltic Sea by 2030" as the day before presented at WWF seminar. The report is the result of a workshop with some fifty participants around the Baltic Sea held in Kolskjulet earlier this year. Several scenarios show clearly a very frightening but fully realistic scenario.
Inger made clear the importance of companies concentrating their sustainability efforts on their core business and not get stuck in "sort paper".
Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
- a new and dedicated authority!
Anna Jöborn, from the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, presented how the Marine and Water Authority, which has eisted for more than one year, contributes to the sustainable use of the Baltic Sea. Anna began by reading a poem about the Baltic Sea by Tomas Transtromer.
Collaboration is important for success
As the final speaker, Mathias Bergman from BSAG spoke on "Global solutions through cooperation" and described how companies affiliated with BSAG make commitments in their efforts to save the Baltic Sea.
Sustainable Sea Scrolls
All the speakers were from Bjorn Risingers primarily a "sustainable maritime roll" as thanks for their participation. Sustainable marine roller justify a sailing theme "Eagle and seal safari" for two people later this fall.